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Enjoy the tranquility of our surroundings, the luxuriously appointed OceanSuites and our fine dining. When you're ready to explore Vancouver Island and nearby Victoria, BC, you'll find everything you want to explore at your doorstop.
Butchart Gardens, considered one of the most spectacular gardens in the world, is located just a five minute drive from the Resort. Open year round, the Gardens continually change to reflect the seasons.
Photo Courtesy of Butchard Gardens Ltd., Victoria BC
Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close. With surprises at every turn, you’ll encounter poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, free flying tropical birds and more. Butterfly Gardens houses a large variety of tropical fish swimming in their serene pond and stream circulated by a stunning waterfall. Thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through the large facilities the size of almost 3 basketball courts. Stroll through and marvel at the lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Enjoy their newest Exhibit, the Insectarium. Experience impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world. Your jungle adventure awaits.
Conveniently located just five minutes from the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. With an ever-changing tropical rain forest environment, there is always something new for everyone of all ages to discover.
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Victoria & Butterfly Gardens
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a world-class aquarium and learning centre, and a fun, unique tourist attraction and destination located on the Salish Sea waterfront in Sidney, BC. The centre is on visitor's top things to do as the largest aquarium on beautiful Vancouver Island and the only aquarium in Greater Victoria.
Photo Courtesy of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Annuar - Craigdarroch Castle
Royal British Columbia Museum
British Columbia's past, present and future are alive at the Royal BC Museum. With a collection of more than seven million unique objects and documents, there's something incredible to see every time you visit.The RBCM is located in downtown Victoria, on the Inner Harbour.Photo Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum
Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park is one of downtown Victoria's crown jewels. The 200 acres was officially established as a park in 1882, after being set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island. Beacon Hill Park was named after a pair of masts strategically placed on a hill to act as a beacon and navigational aid to mariners approaching Victoria's inner harbour.
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Victoria
As a professional adult theatre company, we are dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian work, and to promoting artistic, cultural, and educational events in the Greater Victoria Region. The company resides in a former Baptist Church built between 1887 and 1892.Photo Courtesy of the Belfry Theatre
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
When it first opened in 1951, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibited art in the historic 1889 mansion that is now adjacent to its seven modern galleries. With almost 20,000 works of art, the Art Gallery has the largest public collection in BC and is a vibrant and active part of Victoria's artist community.Photo Courtesy of the AGGV
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. The ten acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made up of over 50 varieties of heritage apples.Photo Courtesy of Tourism Victoria
Sea Cider opened its farm gate for business in 2007 when owner Kristen Jordan purchased the property with a vision of creating an organic farm and orchard and producing traditional fermented artisan ciders. Since then, Sea Cider has grown to an annual cider production of over 7,000 cases and growing. They continue to pride themselves on crafting traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown apples, and their award-winning cider is now available throughout B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Washington State, Illinois and Oregon!
Church and State Vineyard
Founded in 2004, Church & State was created with the goal of raising the bar of the Wines of British Columbia, starting a revolution of quality and a rebellion against the norms. This goal is achieved through a balance of militant control, and freedom of expression, both in the cellar and the vineyard.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
Averill Creek Vineyard
With great pride 100% of our wine is produced only from grapes grown on our beautiful 10 acre Cowichan Valley vineyard." Roger Dosman--Winegrower. Our white wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, while our red wines are aged in American and French oak barrels. Our careful vineyard management and dedication to winemaking produces quality Cowichan Valley wines, full in varietal character and easily enjoyed with a variety of cuisine.
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Victoria & Tourism Cowichan
Here at Merridale, everything starts in the orchard. We use sustainable farming practices without the use of herbicides or pesticides. We believe that we are custodians of our farm for future generations and we focus on maintaining or enhancing our community in all we do. We use cider apple varieties that have been proven for centuries in England, France, and Germany to make the best cider. All of our ciders and spirits are made from 100% pure juice, and only the first pressing is used. We ferment our juice slowly and naturally, to delicately bring out all of the flavour the fruit has to offer.
Merridale is a team of people who are passionate about what they do and how they do it. We focus on traditional methods and practices with some innovation to enhance the end product, ensuring that we never compromise the end product. We are proud of everything we make and we want our customers to share in our passion and pride.Photo Courtesy of Tourism Victoria & Tourism Cowichan
Traditional meets artisanal winemaking at Unsworth Vineyards, an award-winning, family owned and operated winery committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley.Photo Courtesy of Unsworth Vineyard/Sean Fenzel
Sheringham Distillery is nestled in the heart of Shirley, B.C. overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Southern Vancouver Island, approximately a 1h30m drive from the resort. Sheringham Distillery uses time-honoured distilling methods and B.C. grown grains to acheive a sustainable and traditional approach to producing their spirits.Photo Courtesy of Sheringham Distillery
Try their small batch hand-crafted spirits, like their Seaside Gin, Vodka, william's White - Double Distilled Grain Spirit, or Akavit, their take on the Icelandic drink aquavit.
de Vine Vineyards
John & Cathy Windsor created de Vine Vineyards out of 25 acres of fallow, overgrown, but utterly beautiful land. Family owned and locally operated, de Vine’s goal is to be your local winery. We are active members in our community, and look forward to the opportunity to meet you! On a clear day, you can stand on the Tasting Room Patio and see Mount Baker on the horizon beyond the Saanich Peninsula.Photo Courtesy of de Vine Vineyards
Symphony Vineyard land has been farmed by the family since the late 1950's, first in strawberries and then 20 acres of loganberries. They planted their first vines in 2004 and focus on crisp dry aromatic white wines and rosé, and lightly barrel aged fruit forward reds.
Wines true to our region - 100% Saanich Peninsula grown! Enjoy the patios with friends for good conversation, and the lush green views of the Oldfield valley and vineyard. The deli is stacked with local cheeses and charcuterie, smoked salmon, local salmon pate, local veggies and berries – create your own platters and share a bottle for a perfect local lunch!
Open during the Summer months from Thursday - Sunday, 11am-5pm
Flights and Ferries
Swartz Bay Ferry
The Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal is located approximately 20 minutes north of the Resort by car. The Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen ferry route links Victoria and Vancouver, with a sailing time of approximately 1h35m. The terminal also connects to many of the Southern Gulf Island ferry routes.Photo courtesy of BC Ferries
Ferry schedules, current conditions and fares are available through their website.
20 minutes to Downtown Victoria
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